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Venice: Private Gondola Ride along Canal Grande

1. Venice: Private Gondola Ride along Canal Grande

Board an authentic gondola and take a romantic journey along the Canal Grande in Venice. See the historic sights along the shoreline as you glide down the canal. Set off from the departure point and admire marvelous palaces, such as the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Basilica Santa Maria della Salute. Explore the secret waterways of Venice and soak up the city's atmosphere with your friends or your beloved. Travel by gondola close to St. Mark's Square, Fenice Opera House, Punta della Dogana and many other charming palaces. Pass under a small bridge as you discover the hidden spots reachable only by gondola. Enjoy commentary on your mobile app as you discover the stories and secrets of the city.

Venice: Private Rialto Bridge Gondola Ride

2. Venice: Private Rialto Bridge Gondola Ride

Start the gondola ride from Bacino Orseolo located behind St. Mark's. Float through the beautiful canals of Rio dei Barcaroli and Rio dell’Ovo until you reach the Grand Canal. From the Grand Canal, admire the magnificence of the Rialto Bridge and important buildings such as Ca’ Farsetti, the head office of the city hall. See Palazzo Grimani, the largest building overlooking the Grand Canal. Continue the journey along the Rio San Luca where you can see Palazzo Manin, the residence of the last doge of Venice, Ludovico Manin, now home to the Bank of Italy.

Venice: Private Gondola Cruise for up to 5 Passengers

3. Venice: Private Gondola Cruise for up to 5 Passengers

Experience the romance of Venice aboard a traditional gondola for up to 6 people and enjoy a more intimate experience, exclusive to your group. Depart from the Campo San Luca at a time to suit you. Gondola rides are available by day and at night, when you can marvel at the monuments illuminated after dark. Journey along the legendary Grand Canal to see some of the historic buildings from the water. Venture down some of the smaller canals and get away from the tourist crowds. Pass the Gothic façades of palazzos at a gentle pace as your gondolier punts you through the historical center aboard the city's most traditional mode of transport. Glide back to the starting point for the end of your amazing gondola ride.

Venice: 30 Minute Private Nighttime Gondola Ride

4. Venice: 30 Minute Private Nighttime Gondola Ride

Enjoy the sound of silence and the gentle evening breeze coming from the water of Venetian canals while relaxing on a 30-minute gondola tour. Admire Venice at its best: coloured by the sunset and the reflections coming from the water. Take advantage of a private ride and choose who you would like to share it with up to a maximum of 5 people. Offer to the person you love the feeling of a romantic date on a gondola or share this thrilling adventure with your friends or family. Book in advance and schedule your tour when best suits you. You will save time and avoid negotiations on the spot. Make sure you arrive on time at the meeting point and get ready to start your tour! ITINERARY Starting from the Hotel Bauer gondola station, situated only 5-minute walk from St Mark’s Square, you will then ride the canals and follow the routes off the beaten path. Sit back and enjoy being surrounded by the play of lights on the water and the sound of the gentle swaying of the gondola when the sun sets. You will see the most well-known landmarks from the Grand Canal but you will also be fascinated by the lesser-known areas of the city at night.

Venice: Private 40-Minute Gondola Ride

5. Venice: Private 40-Minute Gondola Ride

The best perspective to admire Venice is from the water, and a gondola is the most traditional and unique way to do this. Discover the city throughout a 40-minute tour, experiencing how Venetians moved from one district to another in the past. Your gondola journey begins a few steps away from St. Mark's Square, before crossing hidden inner canals which will allow you to admire views which go unnoticed to the eye when walking through the city center. This special ride will also let you marvel at the majestic Rialto Bridge, which is one of the most ancient and famous bridges in Venice. At the conclusion of your ride, return back to St. Mark's Square to disembark your vessel and bid your gondolier farewell.

Venice: Private Gondola Ride to Canal Grande with Prosecco

6. Venice: Private Gondola Ride to Canal Grande with Prosecco

This private tour starts from Dogana Gondola Station, which is located on the Grand Canal just a few steps away from St Mark’s Square and in front of Harry’s Bar. While on board the gondola, relax with a bottle of Prosecco. You'll cruise along the Grand Canal. From here, you can admire the massive Church of Santa Maria della Salute and the Guggenheim Museum. The tour continues along smaller canals passing by the Fenice Opera House, the magnificent church of S. Moisè and the Gothic-style palace that houses the Hotel Bauer. Choose from either a 30- or 60-minute gondola ride. The tour will end at the same departure point where it departed.

Gondola + Gala Dinner in Venetian Palace

7. Gondola + Gala Dinner in Venetian Palace

Start this unforgettable experience in in front of Museo Dell'Accademia and board a private gondola ride cruising the grand canal, admiring the palaces and the beauty of the city ending the tour in a mysterious place. A gondola ride is something exclusive to Venice. It is an alternative way of getting around this unique city, seeing its smaller and bigger canals, passages, bridges, and palaces.  Opposite the Grand Canal, the palace is historically one of the most important buildings in Venice, where noble Venetians were once attending fancy balls, and enjoying the life of luxury amidst impressive paintings and frescoes. Today it is a boutique hotel and an attraction for those who want to experience a moment of the Venetian noble life. Indeed, this is a special chance to spend a romantic and exciting time, enjoying the views with a glass of wine and special dinner for you and your partner or friends.

Venice: Private Gondola Ride

8. Venice: Private Gondola Ride

Feel like part of the ancient Venetian tradition, and experience the city as the locals have for more than a thousand years, on this private gondola ride. On your 25 to 30-minute journey, be taken away from the main waterways and tourist sights, as your gondolier navigates you with expertise and precision through some of the narrower, quieter canals of Venice. As you sit back and enjoy the scenery, you'll inevitably become involved in the friendly banter of the gondoliers and their particular Venetian dialect, which is as much a part of Venetian culture as the gondola itself. Pre-book your trip and avoid having to negotiate with the gondolier or stress about details.

Venice: Private Gondola Ride by Night

9. Venice: Private Gondola Ride by Night

Share precious moments with a loved one on a 30-minute gondola ride of Venice at night, and experience the city from a unique mode of transport. It has been estimated that there were up to 10,000 gondolas operating on the canals of Venice during the 17th and 18th centuries. Today, there are just 400 still in active service. Get the opportunity to experience Venice like a local - of centuries gone by! Learn how each part of the boat has symbolic meanings, such as the significance of the 5 or 6 pettini (prongs) on the ferro (prow) to symbolize the sestieri (districts) of the city. Made of iron to balance the weight of the gondolier, the 'S' shape is said to evoke the flow of the Grand Canal.

Venice: Grand Canal, Murano and Burano Half-Day Boat Tour

10. Venice: Grand Canal, Murano and Burano Half-Day Boat Tour

Climb aboard a private boat and travel down the Grand Canal. See the most beautiful parts of the city and its architectural masterpieces from the water. Learn about the noblemen and other inhabitants of the lagoon. Head across to the island of Murano, famous for its glass production. See a glass-blowing demonstration, and then go to the neighboring island of Burano. Stroll among the brightly colored buildings and get some time to enjoy a coffee. Discover secret streets and go to the most popular and lively neighborhoods. Return to the city center and get dropped off on Piazza San Marco.

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What people are saying about Grand Canal

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 291 reviews

Thoroughly enjoyed our gondola ride with Prosecco, Wish we had done the hour tour. Lorenzo was lovely. Very informative. Such a wonderful experience ❤️

What an experience, well described, good service on site, the gondola was ready and we went on a small tour through the water town, highly recommended

We arrived 20 minutes late, but got a boat immediately. The trip was great, and much cheaper than booking directly in Venice.

Best to do it after 7pm. Missing the singing but you can always play your own music.

The very nice gondolier!!! A different experience, beautiful Venice